Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i for Windows x64

Another day, another database certification from our Applications Platforms Group.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows x64 (Windows Server 2003).

This is a database-tier only certification (also known as a "split configuration database tier" certification) where the application tier must be on a fully-certified E-Business Suite 11i platform.

Screenshot of download page for 11.1.0.7 database patchset for Windows

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Friday Feb 27, 2009

Firefox 3 Certified With E-Business Suite

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The Mozilla team released Firefox 2.0.0.20 in December, 2008.  This was the last update to the Firefox 2 codeline; no further additional security or stability updates will be available for Firefox 2.  E-Business Suite users can run this version of Firefox 2 safely.

Mozilla recommends that all Firefox users upgrade to Firefox 3.  Firefox 3 included some changes to its rendering and focus-handling model, and until now, we've had to (reluctantly) advise E-Business Suite customers to wait for our certification to be completed before upgrading to this latest browser release.

The wait is over.  I'm very pleased to announce that Firefox 3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 12 for Windows x64

Our Applications Platforms Group has certified the latest Oracle 11gR1 Database patchset with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Microsoft Windows x64.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Screenshot of download page for 11.1.0.7 database patchset for Windows

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Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i for Windows Server (32-bit)

When it rains, it pours.  It's been a busy week for new certifications.  In addition to their work on our newly-announced Apps R12 certification with the 11.1.0.7 Database, our Applications Platforms Group has just released their certification for EBS 11i on 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows-based server platforms.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) versions 2000 and 2003.  11.1.0.7 is the first database patchset available for the 11g Release 1 Database version 11.1.0.6.

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Monday Feb 16, 2009

Sun JRE 1.6 Certified on Windows XP for EBS 11i and FDCC Clients

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Here's a quick update for our readers in the US Federal sector.  Those readers likely already know that the US Office of Management and Budget has mandated that all US Federal Agencies that use or acquire Windows XP and Vista must adopt the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) by February 1, 2008 (OMB Memorandum M-0-7-11 of March 22, 2007, on Implementation of Commonly Accepted Security Configurations for Windows Operating Systems, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda/fy2007/m07-11.pdf).

Oracle has published the following document in the Oracle Software Security Assurance Resource Library to address these requirements:

You may already also have heard that we've already certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration for Windows XP and Vista desktop clients.  All E-Business Suite Release 11i products are certified for use with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration.

Since our original certification announcement, we've found that the latest FDCC images -- a.k.a. FDCC 1.1 -- have been updated and now are compatible with the native Sun JRE plug-in for Windows XP desktop clients.  This adds one more certified Apps 11i configuration for FDCC clients.

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Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 12

The Oracle 11gR1 Database version 11.1.0.7 was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i last December.  I'm pleased to announce that it's now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, too.  11.1.0.7 is the first database patchset available for the 11g Release 1 Database version 11.1.0.6.

For those of you planning to upgrade from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12, this means that the database releases for Apps are back in parity.  You can upgrade directly to Apps R12. from whatever 11gR1 database release you might be running with your Apps 11i environment -- 11.1.0.6 or 11.1.0.7.

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Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

11gR1 11.1.0.6 Certified on Windows x64 for E-Business Suite Release 12

Additional platforms for our 11.1.0.6 Database certifications keep coming, even as we work in parallel on our upcoming certification of the first 11.1.0.7 Database patchset.  Our Applications Platforms Group has now certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 or higher) with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.6 on Microsoft Windows x64 (Windows Server 2003).  This is the first "database-tier only" certification of R12 with 11gR1.

This is a database-tier only certification (previously known as a "split configuration" certification in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i), where the application tier must be on a fully-certified EBS R12 operating system platform.

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Thursday Jan 15, 2009

Troubleshooting Mouse Focus Issues Using JRE Clients with EBS 11i

I'm pleased to hear that many of you are heeding our urgent call to retire JInitiator for the native Sun JRE plug-in.  Thanks for your emails and comments about your experiences; these have been very useful in helping us understand the types of stumbling blocks that you've been encountering along the way.

Diagram showing Forms JRE JInitiator desktop client architecture layers

Some of you may have encountered issues with mouse navigation in Forms.  Others have reported intermittent focus-related issues, which may be compounded by mouse navigation issues.

It appears that the majority of these issues may be related to your Forms 6i patchset level installed in your E-Business Suite Release 11i environment.  That said, there may be other configuration-related issues in your environment that are complicating things further.

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Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Block Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 for EBS Users

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[Oct 6, 2009 Update: IE is certified with EBS 11i; see this article.]

[Sept 11, 2009 Update: IE8 is certified with EBS 12; see this article]

Brace yourself: another browser is coming.  It looks like Microsoft is gearing up for an imminent release of Internet Explorer 8.  Neither Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i nor 12 have been certified with IE8 yet.  Our latest tests of the IE8 Release Candidate drops have shown that there are a number of important compatibility issues that need to be resolved.

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Monday Nov 24, 2008

Seven New Platforms Certified for Apps 11i + Database Vault 10.2.0.4

This complements the Apps 12-corresponding announcement:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i has been certified with seven new platforms for DB Vault 10gR2 (10.2.0.4).  This configuration is now certified with the following new operating system platforms:

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Friday Nov 21, 2008

JInitiator 1.3.1.30 Certified With Apps 11i

Oracle JInitiator is definitely in its sunset phase now.  JInitiator 1.1.8 will no longer receive any new bug fixes as of December 31, 2008.  Similarly, official Error Correction Support for JInitiator 1.3 will end as of July 31, 2009.

I don't have statistics on how many E-Business Suite customers have converted their desktop clients from Oracle JInitiator to the native Sun Java (JRE) client.  Given the impending desupport dates for these two client codelines, I hope that all of you have already switched over -- or, at minimum -- are in the process of migrating your end-users' desktops to the native Sun Java plug-in.

Forms Apps architecture: Logical architecture showing desktop clients running Sun JRE or Oracle JInitiator, connecting via HTTP or HTTPS to Oracle Forms running on the Application Server tier

In these final days of support for Oracle JInitiator, I'm pleased to announce that JInitiator 1.3.1.30 is now certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.  Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.30 is released via Patch 7410076.  It requires Apps Interoperability Patch 6169479.

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Tuesday Nov 11, 2008

US Federal Desktop Core Configuration Certified With Apps 11i

[Feb 16, 2009 Update: The native Sun JRE may now be used with the WinXP configuration; additional details added below. Added cross-reference to Metalink Note 552724.1]

US Office of Management and Budget Logo

The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) manages the budget for US Federal Government agencies.  The US Office of Management and Budget mandates that all US Federal Agencies that use or acquire Windows XP and Vista must adopt the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) by February 1, 2008 (OMB Memorandum M-0-7-11 of March 22, 2007, on Implementation of Commonly Accepted Security Configurations for Windows Operating Systems, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda/fy2007/m07-11.pdf).

Oracle has just published the following document in the Oracle Software Security Assurance Resource Library to address these requirements:

In conjunction with that document's release, I'm pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is certified with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration for Windows XP and Vista desktop clients.  All E-Business Suite Release 11i products are certified for use with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration.

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Thursday Oct 23, 2008

Seven New 64-Bit 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database Certifications for Apps 11i

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version 10.2.0.4 on the following additional 64-bit operating system platforms:

  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat 4/5, Oracle Enterprise Linux 4/5, SLES 9/10)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (2003)
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Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

Sun Java Plug-in 1.6.0_10 Certified with the E-Business Suite

Regular readers know that you're now free to use whatever version of the native Sun Java plug-in with the E-Business Suite as long as you meet certain minimum requirements.  Nonetheless, the latest Sun JRE is a bit of a new animal, so my team performed an explicit set of certification tests to ensure that it's as compatible as previous releases.

Based on those latest test, we've confirmed that the latest Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) native plug-in release 6u10 (JRE 1.6.0_10) is compatible with both Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 on Windows-based desktop clients.

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Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.2.3 Certified With EBS 12

Another airport stopover, another eagerly-awaited certification announcement.  Nice to do something productive while I'm sitting here waiting for my flight to be called.  I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  Specifically, the following OracleAS 10.1.2.3 components are now certified for external integration with Apps 12 environments:

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Monday Oct 20, 2008

Discoverer 10.1.2.3 Certified with Apps 11i

I'm still on vacation but can't resist posting about new certifications from my team.  Michael Armstrong-Smith has been diligently (and correctly, of course) reminding EBS users that they should hold off on upgrading to Discoverer 10.1.2.3 until it's certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i. 

The wait is over:  Discoverer 10.1.2.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10.2 and higher.

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Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

11gR1 11.1.0.6 Certified on Windows 2003 for E-Business Suite Release 12

Our Applications Platform Group has announced that the 11gR1 11.1.0.6 Database is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Microsoft Windows 2003 x86.  This certification includes 11gR1 11.1.0.6 Real Application Cluster (RAC) configurations, too.

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Monday Sep 22, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.2.3 Certified for Portal 10g + EBS 11i Integrations

Accompanying my announcement earlier today about Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that OracleAS 10.1.2.3 may now be applied to Portal 10.1.4 environments that have been integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

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Monday Aug 18, 2008

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 2.0.2 Now Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Application Technology Group (ATG) is pleased to announce the availability of the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) version 2.0.2 Rollup update. This pack is available through Oracle Metalink, as patch 6809246.[Read More]

Friday Jul 18, 2008

DB Vault 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) Certified with EBS 11i on Additional Platforms

A whole raft of new certifications have been released to round out our platform support for Database Vault. Database Vault example: Diagram showing how Database Vault prevents a privileged DBA user from accessing application data, while allowing the authorized Realm owner to access the same data [Read More]

Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

10gR2 10.2.0.4 Certified with Apps 11i

[Oct 23, 2008 Update:  Seven additional 64-bit 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database certifications for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i have been released; see this article for details.]

I'm very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is now certified with 10gR2 Database version 10.2.0.4.

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Thursday Jul 03, 2008

Out With the Old, In With the New

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Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

New Search Plug-in for Metalink Users

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Thursday Apr 13, 2006

Living on the Cutting Edge

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